Centennial players In honor of the San Francisco Symphony’s 100th season, The Examiner is showcasing contributors to the orchestra’s distinguished history. Melissa Kleinbart, violin Read More
Despite appearances, it’s difficult to peg British quintet The Horrors from their garage-goth 2007 debut “Strange House.” Stylistically, they’ve quantum-leaped through 2009’s melodic “Primary Colours” to the majestic new “Skying,” awash in seven-minute-plus processionals like “Oceans Burning” and “Moving Further Away,” plus sonic experiments like the punky “Monica Gems” and a jazzy “Endless Blue.” Deep-timbred frontman Faris Badwan also has issued a self-titled album with his side project Cat’s Eyes, with vocalist/keyboardist Rachel Zeffira. Read More
Centennial Players In honor of the San Francisco Symphony’s 100th season, The Examiner is showcasing contributors to the orchestra’s distinguished history.
Alexander Barantschik, concertmaster Read More
Former teen-pop family band Hanson could easily rest on their recent laurels. The Tulsa trio was suddenly back on the charts last year, with a soulful fifth album called “Shout It Out” and a surprise hit single, “Give a Little.” Through their personal 3CG label, they also released: a deluxe “Shout” edition featuring hand-painted pieces by Taylor and his brothers Zac and Isaac, a book of the artwork, “The 113 Painting Book,” and “5 of 5,” a DVD of the five-date concert run they performed in New York, playing their albums in chronological order, one per night. Read More
Jonathan Vinocour, viola
Appointed to first chair in 2009, he succeeded Geraldine Walther, who held the position for three decades. The 32-year-old principal violist’s impressive résumé includes being principal violist of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and guest principal of the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig and of the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa in Japan. A frequent soloist, he recently received first prize in the Holland America Music Society Competition and recorded his first solo album. Read More
While there is no official dress code for the San Francisco Symphony, you might see some of these glamour gowns on the red carpet Wednesday at the San Francisco Symphony Opening Night Gala, which celebrates its 100th season this fall. Lengthy, train-trailing dresses will shimmer and shimmy alongside higher cocktail hemlines as SF society steps out for one of the most anticipated nights of the year.Click on the picture for a photo gallery of gowns.
BCBG Max Azria Read More
The San Francisco Symphony’s opening galas are always special occasions, but Wednesday, when the orchestra marks its 100th year, it will be, as Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas puts it, “an extraordinary thing, this moment in time.”A century in the life of a city that’s only 164 years old itself is worth noting, but the central role of the orchestra in San Francisco’s cultural life makes it more than mere formality. Read More
“Here he comes again with another CNN opera,” San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley joked about himself at a press event about the fast-approaching world premiere of “Heart of a Soldier.”
The opera about 9/11, opening in the War Memorial Opera House on Sept. 10, follows a long line of contemporary works produced by Gockley among 33 premieres during his 33 years at the head of the Houston Grand Opera, John Adams’ 1987 “Nixon in China” among them. Read More
Centennial players: In honor of the San Francisco Symphony’s 100th season, The Examiner is showcasing contributors to the orchestra’s distinguished history. Read More
It hasn’t been easy for Melbourne-based musician Tim Rogers and his intellectual art-rock outfit You Am I. First on hip Aussie imprint Roo-Art, then on Warner Bros. for a brief period, they’ve been trying to catch on in the U.S. for two frustrating decades and a dozen albums. During their major-label stint, Rogers says, the band members were never further apart as friends. But judging by their latest eponymous indie outing — and quirk-poppers like “Crime,” “Pinpricks” and the F. Scott Fitzgerald-themed “Kicking the Balustrade” — they just might be too smart for us. Read More